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Dickens de Peter Ackroyd
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Dickens (original: 1994; edição: 2002)

de Peter Ackroyd

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Dickenswas a landmark biography when first published in 1990. This specially edited shorter edition takes the reader into the life of one of the world's greatest writers. Here, Ackroyd attempts to peel away the mask of a man whose life was outwardly a picture of Victorian rectitude, but whose love life was as complicated (and unconventional) as any modern writer's. Dickens had everything - fame, success and riches - but he died harbouring a deep sadness he had experienced all his life. He was a man of mercurial character, had enormous vitality and humour, but he also had a sense of loss and longing that would constantly appear in his work. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life- although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should upset his middle-class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow author Wilkie Collins, and, for the last 13 years of his life, kept a secret mistress.… (mais)
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Título:Dickens
Autores:Peter Ackroyd
Informação:VINTAGE (RAND) (2002), Edition: Abridged Ed, Paperback, 624 pages
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Dickens (abridged) de Peter Ackroyd (1994)

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I read this in the abridged for television BBC version; at nearly 600 pages of closely printed text it's still a real meat and potatoes book which explores in exhaustive detail not only Dickens the man but the Victorian society in which he lived. He emerges as a complex and not entirely likeable character who was quick to anger and slow to forgive but one whose novels have stood the test of time because they still have something to say about the human condition. ( )
  broughtonhouse | Sep 18, 2010 |
I have always been fascinated by Dickens and his extraordinary world. Is his world the same as the Victorian world? I have discovered that my grandfather was born only 7 years after Dickens's death. The generation before that would have been around as his novels were being published for the first time, and would have been aware of the hysteria that surrounded his readings, possibly have attended the readings even.

So I just feel it's all so recent somehow.

One thing puzzles me - Peter Ackroyd often refers to non-famous people who met Dickens and quotes them - sometimes saying "this is the authentic voice of Dickens". These quotes are never properly attributed/cited. maybe they don't have to be as these people are long dead. But these were the most interesting part of the book in a way. Especially the woman who met him at a party and was intimidated by his oddness. That chilled me a little.

The whole Ellen Ternan thing is very mysterious. I am still not clear if he left Catherine because of Ellen, or if he and Catherine had become incompatible.

Apparently he famously burned a lot of correspondence at one stage. I don't think Peter Ackroyd mentions this. But there is so much evidence about him anyway. An unbelievable amount in fact.

I loved this book and felt it was a very close second to being introduced to the great man in real life. Peter Ackroyd has done a great job.

I still think Dickens was great, and essentially hugely considerate of those less fortunate. A radical to the end, despite his great wealth. ( )
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This is Peter Ackroyd's first abridgment (600± pages) of his original 1990 biography, Dickens (1,200± pages). Please do not combine this abridgment with either Ackroyd's original biography, or with his later abbreviated, illustrated biography of Dickens (200± pages), published in 2002 to coincide with the BBC TV series of the same name. Thank you.
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Dickenswas a landmark biography when first published in 1990. This specially edited shorter edition takes the reader into the life of one of the world's greatest writers. Here, Ackroyd attempts to peel away the mask of a man whose life was outwardly a picture of Victorian rectitude, but whose love life was as complicated (and unconventional) as any modern writer's. Dickens had everything - fame, success and riches - but he died harbouring a deep sadness he had experienced all his life. He was a man of mercurial character, had enormous vitality and humour, but he also had a sense of loss and longing that would constantly appear in his work. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life- although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should upset his middle-class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow author Wilkie Collins, and, for the last 13 years of his life, kept a secret mistress.

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